4 DIY Tips for Installing a Backyard Deck

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 by

During the warmer Texas months, many homeowners enjoy spending time in their backyards. If your yard doesn’t already have a patio or deck, this addition can be a great spot for relaxing or spending time with guests. The flooring and design experts at CMA Flooring want to share a few DIY tips for installing a deck in your backyard.

1. Check Local Codes

One of the first steps when building a deck is to find out what rules you must follow based on local building regulations. This information can easily be determined with a call to your local municipality. Once you know the codes, you can proceed with the necessary permits. Be prepared to submit information about the size of deck you plan to build. A recent property survey may also be required.

2. Research Materials

If you’re following a strict budget, it’s important to shop around to find the best prices on materials. There are many material options available for decks, including manmade and wood flooring. The ideal material for your own deck can depend on the climate in the area and the intended use of the space. If you have a particularly large order of materials, many well-known hardware stores can deliver to your home to save you the hassle.

3. Get the Tools You Need

Building a deck on your own requires some special tools you may not already own. Carefully consider the tools you’ll need for each step of the process. This process can help you determine what you already have, as well as the tools you’ll need to acquire. If you find you are lacking certain tools, borrow them from a friend or buy them if you think you may use them for future projects. Some stores also offer tool lending programs.

4. Ask for Help

Building a deck is a large project, and it’s always nice to have a helper. Whether it’s a spouse or friend, asking someone to help you with the job can make it easier and quicker. Even people who know nothing about taking on DIY projects can still help with smaller tasks. 

For additional tips on DIY deck installation, or for tips on installing floors inside your home, get in touch with Carpet Mills of America, a trusted provider of hardwood, tile, carpet, and vinyl flooring. Carrollton homeowners who are looking for high-quality flooring products should stop by our showroom to see what we have to offer or call 972-418-6606 for a complimentary quote. We hope to hear from you soon.